first_imgMichael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball coach Pablo Lucas is staying optimistic as his team awaits its fate in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“I hope so,” he said in Filipino when asked if he believes that his side can still make it to the quarterfinals. “The standings are still too close.”ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur The Couriers missed a chance to clinch a quarterfinal seat as they suffered a monumental collapse against Marinerong Pilipino, 83-82, on Thursday to finish their eliminations campaign with an even 5-5 slate.But with victories over teams that are still in the thick of the race of the playoffs, Lucas has his reasons for keeping the faith even with Wangs’ outside chance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Wangs Basketball beat Racal, 93-84, and topped Centro Escolar University, 88-87, but fell in close defeats to Batangas, 81-79, and Marinerong Pilipino.“It’s tough that we’re going to depend on the other teams, but it’s a good thing that we were able to invest in our five wins and in the end, we’re all be having identical records,” he said. O.J. Simpson asks parole board to set him free  MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Lucas thinks that the Couriers’ tight losses will be beneficial for his crew if they do end up with a seat in the top six.“If we make it, I’m sure that the team will have a better run because we already learned our lessons. If we make it to the quarterfinals, I believe that we have a chance to advance to the semis,” he bragged.Nonetheless, Lucas is already content with what the team has achieved after setting a franchise-best record since it joined the PBA D-League in 2013, thanks largely to the contributions of guys like Robbie Herndon, Michael Juico, and Chris Bitoon.“This is already history for Wangs. We learned a lot in the years that we’ve joined and we can’t bring back the past, but we’re just hoping for the best,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnlast_img read more